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AFI Releases Landmark Study About the Contributions of Women to Early Cinema

Initiative Documents Hundreds of Previously Unrecorded Female Filmmakers for Film History Today, AFI released the results of their groundbreaking gender study focused on silent era films. The project, titled Women They Talk About after the 1928 feature film, is an initiative documenting the widely unrecorded contributions of female filmmakers in the silent film era and...

Butterfly McQueen – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This January, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on actress Butterfly McQueen, who would have celebrated her 112th birthday this month. During the Golden Age of American cinema, McQueen was often relegated to stereotypical roles of domestic servants, but she continued to work sporadically through the late-1980s and earned a Daytime Emmy Award® for her...

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This December, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on the beloved Christmas classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, which premiered this month in 1946 and has remained high on AFI’s lists of the best films ever made, including #1 on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS list of the most inspiring films of all time. Although it received mixed reviews upon...

Mabel Normand – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This November, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on Mabel Normand, who was born this month in 1892 (by most accounts), and who was one of the first actresses to start her own Hollywood production company and to direct herself in films. Beginning her career in modeling as a “Gibson Girl,” Normand became a leading performer...

RICHARD III (1912) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This month, AFI celebrates the 110th release anniversary of the 1912 epic silent film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, the oldest known feature film in existence which AFI restored from a nitrate print in 1996. Long believed to be lost—as are roughly 70% of films made before 1930, according to the Library of Congress—RICHARD...
Dolores del Río

Dolores del Río – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on Dolores del Río, the first Mexican actress to achieve mainstream success in Hollywood with a career that lasted over 50 years. Born in August 1904 to Mexican aristocrats, María de los Dolores Asúnsolo y López-Negrete was nicknamed Lolita and was drawn...

New Videos Added To AFI’s Osborne Collection

This month, AFI has added new videos to its Osborne Collection for all movie lovers to watch, including Robert Osborne's famous film introductions for THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940) and A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961) to THE LEARNING TREE (1969) and VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) and many more. The collection, which is a celebration of the...
Black and white photo of director Alice Guy Blache, the first woman director

Alice Guy Blaché – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This month, AFI celebrates the world’s first female director, Alice Guy Blaché, who made more than 700 films in a career that spanned from 1896 to 1920. Starting out as Alice Guy in her homeland France as a secretary for motion-picture camera manufacturer Léon Gaumont, she was one of the few in attendance at Lumiere’s...

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

Released 30 years ago this month, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN was a box office sensation, becoming Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing non-sequel opener to date and bringing international attention to the little-known All-American Girls Pro Baseball League (AAGPBL) which was established during World War II to entertain the public while male players were away at war....

NANOOK OF THE NORTH – AFI Catalog Spotlight

Celebrating 100 years since its theatrical release on June 11, 1922, NANOOK OF THE NORTH continues to be studied as pioneering yet problematic account of Inuit indigenous peoples living in Canada’s North Hudson Bay region at a time in which little was known about their culture. Over the century since its release, the film has been scrutinized...

HESTER STREET (1975) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog is shining a spotlight on HESTER STREET (1975), Joan Micklin Silver’s directorial debut which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1975 to critical acclaim. The indie picture tells the story of cultural assimilation in New York City’s Jewish enclave of Hester Street at...
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AFI Awarded $350,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Funding To Support Unprecedented Research On Short Films And Diversity In Early Hollywood The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that AFI has been awarded a $350,000 grant to embark upon a landmark initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound eras. Titled Behind the Veil after...
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